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It Runs in the Family (2003)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  25 April 2003 (USA)
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This is the story of a dysfunctional New York family, and their attempts to reconcile.

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Wealth can't spare three male generations of the dysfunctional Jewish New York Gromberg family grief or grim reality. However successful in life, Alex never felt pleasing pride or proper parental support from sprightly patriarch Mitchell, who sarcastically imposes his own values and priorities on everyone and everything. Alex starts despairing that his modern permissiveness may ruin his own bright firstborn, college-boy Asher, unlike adoring kid-brother Eli. A dorm-drug-bust pushes things to the limit -- or beyond? Written by KGF Vissers

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college | play | party | jewish | misfit | See more »

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Some families can survive anything. Even each other.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual material and language | See all certifications »
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25 April 2003 (USA)  »

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A Few Good Years  »

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$2,804,441 (USA) (25 April 2003)

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$7,375,836 (USA) (23 May 2003)
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Film stars three generations of Douglas family members, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas and Cameron Douglas. See more »

Quotes

Mitchell Gromberg: Alex, you're a much better father than I was.
Alex Gromberg: Thank you. But you didn't exactly set the bar all that high.
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Forget Regret
Written by Jacques Schwarz-Bart
Performed by Roy Hargrove featuring Stephanie McKay
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Nepotism Runs Afoul
21 September 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

A year after his stroke, grandfatherly Kirk Douglas (as Mitchell "Pappy" Gromberg) is in remarkable shape, and is seeing a speech therapist. Happily married son Michael Douglas (as Alex) is nonetheless having a hard time fighting off the urge to merge with a hot co-volunteer. Third generation Cameron Douglas (as Asher) is a way too laid-back college drug user, and dealer. He encourages sixth grade little brother Rory Culkin (as Eli) to start putting some notches on his young belt. "You poking' her?" young Mr. Douglas asks little brother about a classmate. "I'm eleven," Mr. Culkin explains. "It Runs in the Family" is an unfunny dysfunctional "light-hearted comedy," with heavy-handed dramatic overtones. Surprisingly, Donna (as Evelyn) is the best Douglas in the house. The greater Douglas/Douglas pairing fizzles like a senile uncle's gas at the supper table.

**** It Runs in the Family (4/25/03) Fred Schepisi ~ Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Cameron Douglas, Bernadette Peters


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